Eve + Pat's whimsical, polka dot-filled, Harry Potter wedding makes my heart SO happy - and not just because the details were basically a photographer's dream. The reason I loved this wedding so much goes deeper than that - and it all comes back to Eve + Pat. Their playful relationship. The friends + family who spent the day laughing with them. The personal details that made every minute of their wedding day just so perfectly THEM.
After Jimena booked me as her wedding photographer, one of the first things we planned was a trash the dress shoot on the beach outside Delray Sands Resort -- the place where she and Keith would begin their marriage adventure together. Jimena has been one of my best friends since I was living in Gainesville, FL just after graduating college, and she's been a willing guinea pig for many just-for-fun shoots as I built my business over the years. I wasn't surprised at all when she jumped at the chance to be up at the actual crack of dawn the morning after her wedding to catch the sunrise and play in the waves--all in her wedding dress.
Are you planning your wedding and you're still not sure if you want to do a First Look? I've shot weddings both ways, and I can assure you--there's no right or wrong way to do it. But, in case you are on the fence, here are a few reasons my couples LOVE doing First Looks...
Every time Ivory + Beau comes to me with an idea for a styled shoot, I know it's going to be even more creative and beautiful than the last. I don't know how to choose favorites from all the shoots we've done together, but if I haaaaaddd to choose, it might be this one we did last summer. It's the perfect boho blend of 70s meets vintage chic with a modern twist--oh, and did I mention the whole thing took place out at Savannah General Aviation??
Just click through....I promise it will have you shopping for a boho wedding dress or picking out a flower crown in no time. ;)
Most of my brides come to me completely unsure of how many hours to book--and that's totally ok! To help them make the decision, I tell them to keep a couple things in mind... 1) 8 hours of coverage is generally what you need to capture everything from the getting ready photos through the sparkler exit. If you want less coverage, that's absolutely fine too--and we would then work together to figure out whether I would be there for getting ready photos or the exit, since I usually couldn't capture both in fewer than 8 hours. (There are always exceptions, but that's usually the case.)
When I heard that Ivory + Beau was working on a new website and needed headshots and photos of their boutique, I just knew I had to be a part of this project. Not only am I lucky enough to call these talented ladies my friends, but I am also slightly (ok totally) obsessed with their brand. They are the bossest of girl bosses--unabashedly weaving gold dinos and kitty cats into their bridal boutique branding, because it's just so perfectly THEM. And because they know that their boho, quirky, creative brides will connect with a brand that isn't afraid of a little whimsy.
HUGE thanks to all the amazingly talented vendors who helped bring this shoot to life...
When you are a wedding photographer in a destination wedding location like Savannah, often your couples don't live here and you don't get to actually meet them in person until the wedding day. But with Jessica and Mike, it didn't matter in the slightest that we had only spoken over the phone--it felt like greeting an old friend the minute I walked into the hotel room where Jessica and her girls were getting ready.